December is a tricky month for those watching the calories and even hardened exercise fans can struggle in a month packed full of festive parties and the calorie laden Christmas meal(s). Don’t get me wrong, I love letting my hair down and enjoy the festive period as much as anyone else. But we do have some tips that we would like to share that may help to reduce the negative impact Christmas can have on your body.

1. Drink alcohol in moderation.

Alcohol is an easy way of increasing your calorie intake DRASTICALLY. With over 200 calories in a large glass of wine you can easily double your day’s calories during a party night out. Plus, alcohol leads to hunger and when drunk you are far less likely to eat wisely. So, in between your alcoholic drinks drink a large glass of water. This will reduce the calories consumed and will help to flush out the toxins (meaning less of a hangover the morning after).

2. Try to eat sensibly

Throughout the you know you are going out for a meal in the evening, keep your eye on the calories you consume during the day. Have a healthy breakfast or porridge or cereal that will keep you going until lunch time and avoid snacking. Before the meal at night drink a big glass of water as this helps to make you feel much fuller. And try not to follow a night out with a fried English breakfast the next morning!

3. Exercise

Christmas is not a time for slacking off! Try to keep up with your routine as much as possible and don’t forget that there are a variety of ways you can exercise over the Christmas break. Take the family out for a nice long walk, build a snowman (if you are lucky enough to have a white Christmas) or join the kids on their new bikes. You may not be using your fitness equipment as much with a house full of friends and family, but you can still remain active rather than slouching in front of the TV with the chocolates.

4. Shop Sensibly

Do not get carried away with your Christmas supermarket shop. Remember, Christmas is a celebration but does it really warrant that 1KG tin of chocolates or the 12 pack of pastry packed sausage rolls and pork pies?! If it is not in your trolley it cannot end up in your mouth, so shop sensibly. Your waistline and wallet will both be grateful!

5. Set a realistic

New Year ResolutionNew Year’s Resolutions are notoriously hard to keep, with most people giving up by the 15th of January. However, take the time to think about your health and fitness achievements from the last 12 months and push them a little further for the New Year. But be realistic – set yourself a massive weight loss goal and you will rapidly lose the motivation of those pounds don’t fall early on.

Christmas is a time to relax and let your hair down; to spend time with friends and family and to indulge a little more than you would normally. But remember to indulge in moderation or all your hard work throughout the year could quickly be undone!